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    shetitasatic
    February is 'use up' month
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    • 1st Feb 06, 10:10 AM
    February is 'use up' month 1st Feb 06 at 10:10 AM
    As Feb is a short month, I am not 'allowed' to open any new bottles,jars, packets etc. unless all others are used up. This means all the half full bottles of shampoo, cond ,body lotion ,cosmetics etc. I go through holiday wash bags for part used stuff and either finish it or chuck it!! This also applies to the pantry and kitchen cupboards and the dreaded cupboard under the sink. It makes a good start to the spring cleaning and saves on bills. I use up all the stuff I've been given and am not too sure about or else it goes in the bin

    I also 'shop from my wardrobe' - looking for new combinations of clothes, wear all those things I keep 'for best'. It's surprising what you can find, and all the things that don't fit or aren't right can go! - think of all those shoes you hardly ever wear!

    Wearing some of your 'best 'things brightens up a gloomy month - and saves money!

    Last edited by MSE Archna; 21-02-2006 at 2:45 PM.
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    • cha97michelle
    • By cha97michelle 1st Feb 06, 10:14 AM
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    • 1st Feb 06, 10:14 AM
    i like the sound of that. My bathroom is absolutely overflowing with open bottles of stuff.

    My problem is i'm a teacher, so the kids mostly buy me smellies, and then i feel bad about using it all up/chucking out the bottle. The plus side is that i very rarely have to buy things like moisturiser and shower gel, but the minus side is the bathroom shelve from hell, which has now spilled over to a cupboard full of reserve toiletries.

    I think i could be using up for a long time, but i'm willing to give it a go.
    • FunkyFairy
    • By FunkyFairy 1st Feb 06, 10:22 AM
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    • 1st Feb 06, 10:22 AM
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    • 1st Feb 06, 10:22 AM
    Thats a very good idea count me in.

    I will do a stock take might keep me from going shopping this week
    • babesandbrats
    • By babesandbrats 1st Feb 06, 10:26 AM
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    • 1st Feb 06, 10:26 AM
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    • 1st Feb 06, 10:26 AM
    Good idea - I had planned to use up everything in my freezer anyway as will be moving house in the near future (providing we sell this one *gulps*)
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    • comping cat
    • By comping cat 1st Feb 06, 10:30 AM
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    • 1st Feb 06, 10:30 AM
    Jan and Feb tend to be use up months, i always go shopping xmas eve and new years eve, loads of reduced bargains in Tescos (they have to sell as they are closed the day/s after) so the following months i have lots of things to use in my freezer. I look after children, and tend to get lots of chocolates and smellies as well, so the chocs are very good to use up!!!!
  • us,thecat&thedebt
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    • 1st Feb 06, 10:30 AM
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    • 1st Feb 06, 10:30 AM
    count me in...

    we have a freezer full of food that we can live on so im gonna try not to visit dreaded tesco for as long as...

    we too have loadsa toiletries and 20 bog rolls so i think we could do it!!!

    good luck
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    • kittie
    • By kittie 1st Feb 06, 10:33 AM
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    • 1st Feb 06, 10:33 AM
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    • 1st Feb 06, 10:33 AM
    smashing idea. Goes hand in hand with the freezer `use up`

    I can`t tell you how many bottles of MB I have put away after qvc tsv`s. So tempting to start on a new one or two but I WILL BE STRONG!!

    I think I`ll be able to carry this concept through march as well. Oh I wish I didn`t have a squirrel store of everything.

  • ms_london
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    • 1st Feb 06, 11:03 AM
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    • 1st Feb 06, 11:03 AM
    A good thread!!

    Since I am going travelling in Aug, I am trying to do the same, but over a longer period!! I have "bulk bought" cosmetics, potions & lotions in the past, so will need to use these up before I go and try not to use/buy any more.

    The same with food I suppose, as it would be a shame to waste anything!!
    • Rikki
    • By Rikki 1st Feb 06, 11:06 AM
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    • 1st Feb 06, 11:06 AM
    What a good idea.

    Not sure about the 'what fits in the wardrobe' especially after an over indulgent Christmas.
    • pavlovs_dog
    • By pavlovs_dog 1st Feb 06, 5:35 PM
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    i've been doing this with toiletries for a while now, and apart from things like toothpaste and deodorant, i havent bought toiletries in almost 2yrs.

    its amazing the amount of shower gel, bubble bath, soap, body lotion etc etc ive collected over the years (im sure people are trying to tell me something ) but now ive actually started using it, i've saved a fortune, and have reclaimed some serious cupboard space.
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    • Gers
    • By Gers 1st Feb 06, 5:42 PM
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    Gers
    i've been doing this with toiletries for a while now, and apart from things like toothpaste and deodorant, i havent bought toiletries in almost 2yrs.

    its amazing the amount of shower gel, bubble bath, soap, body lotion etc etc ive collected over the years (im sure people are trying to tell me something ) but now ive actually started using it, i've saved a fortune, and have reclaimed some serious cupboard space.
    by pavlovs_dog
    I got so seriously embarassed recently at the number of bottles of BOGOF shampoo and shower gel I had accumulated that I gave a whole bag of it to the local homeless people refuge! Still got enough to last more than a month though.

    • moggins
    • By moggins 1st Feb 06, 5:54 PM
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    moggins
    Count me in for this one too
    Organised people are just too lazy to look for things

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    • amazon_spice
    • By amazon_spice 1st Feb 06, 6:04 PM
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    amazon_spice
    I'm doing this too - also helping me declutter prior to first ever house sale.
    • Ticklemouse
    • By Ticklemouse 1st Feb 06, 6:08 PM
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    Ticklemouse
    I'm up for this one. I have to say I failed miserably in the store cupboard challenge last month - mainly because I saw some fab bargains that are either in the freezer or store cupboard - but I will be strong and only re-stcok when I have used up what I have of that item.

    This isn't as easy as it was the other day because 'dear mamma' decided that she was fed up of having things in her store cupboard that had been bought either by my dad or my sister, and which she'llnever use. I brought home 4 assorted bags of pasta, 2 of rice, dried peas and dried kidney beans the other day - some unopened. Next week I'm being given a huge piece of frozen smoked salmon
    • Rikki
    • By Rikki 1st Feb 06, 6:16 PM
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    I foresee alot of MSE ers towards the end of the month desperete for recipies with the weirdist ingredients me included.
    • squeaky
    • By squeaky 1st Feb 06, 6:29 PM
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    At the bottom of the lists of Grocery and PMS challenges in our Monthly Challenges link in the blue bar is the Store Cupboard Challenge.

    Twenty three pages stuffed with ideas.

    You can find it via my signature any time you see it or...

    ..you can use the Indexed Collections link in the Blue Bar at the top of every page which looks something like this:-


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    • arkonite_babe
    • By arkonite_babe 1st Feb 06, 6:49 PM
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    Well I have started the use up process. Three lots of leftover frozen mash for tea tonight. Actually worked quite well, we had celeriac, sweet potao and plain mash all mixed together
  • dorry
    count me in for this one. tommorow i am gonna see how many half bottles of lotions i have got!! also my wardrobe hasn't got any room left in it, so before i go on placement next week i must orgainise it properly!! a definte plan for tommorow am, me thinks!!
    thank you for the inspiration!!
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    • ronankfan
    • By ronankfan 2nd Feb 06, 7:57 AM
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    ronankfan
    Count me in too!!!!!! Need to start decluttering the house!!!!!!!!!!!
  • wishingonastar
    i'm def in for this, might take longer than feb though to get through it all. could take till next feb for some things, lol. but the thought of less clutter on the bathroom shelves is making me much more detirmined to suceed.
    Last edited by wishingonastar; 02-02-2006 at 11:41 AM.
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